Tessa Jackson is Chief Executive of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London. Iniva explores key issues in society and politics, offering a platform for artistic experiment, cultural debate and exchange of ideas. Tessa has over 25 years experience within the visual arts as a curator, gallery director, writer and consultant on cultural policy internationally and in Britain.
She was the founding Artistic Director of Artes Mundi, Wales’ International Visual Art Exhibition and Prize, and co-author of the Review of the Presentation of the Contemporary Visual Arts which led to Arts Council England’s 10 year visual arts strategy “Turning Point” (2006). As Director of the Scottish Arts Council (1999-2001) she contributed to Scotland’s first National Cultural Strategy, and as Director at Arnolfini, Bristol (1991 – 1999), she curated a range of significant exhibitions and prepared the way for its building redevelopment.
During her time in Glasgow (1982-1991), she was Head of Visual Arts for Glasgow 1990, European City of Culture, establishing Tramway as a venue and curating a wide range of exhibitions and projects. As a curator, she has worked with many artists including Abdoulaye Konaté, N.S. Harsha, Berni Searle, Xu Bing, Kara Walker, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yael Bartana, Subodh Gupta and Chen Chieh-jen: http://www.iniva.org